Here are a few final thoughts.
Now, that Mills can potentially start on the outside and have a partner in Slay, he no longer has to be “the guy”. He just needs to be “the other guy”. Sometimes that’s all that it takes for someone to be even more successful.
Through the draft process, we raved about Isaiah Simmons’ versatility, so much so that we didn’t give enough credit to Wallace for being a similar type of guy. Wallace can play deep. He can help in coverage. He can play at the second level like a smaller linebacker. Add that component to a secondary that already has Mills, and Philly might have something special going forward.
They have a ton of guys that we’ve seen can excel at the slot cornerback role, including Robey Coleman, Maddox, and LeBlanc.
Here’s a final thought. None of this means that Philly still can’t play Mills deep, again they have a lot of bodies to sub in and out of the formation at the corner, but allowing Mills to serve in a hybrid role as someone who can cover and contribute in the Eagles’ last line of defense may be just what the doctor ordered to get Wallace on the field early and cure those woes the “Birds” have had in coverage for a while. This should be a no-brainer.
Some may ask themselves “what if Wallace isn’t ready? Why throw him into the fire?” Perhaps the questions we need to be asking is what if he is ready and why would you not play him now?